Government Information


This presentation by the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation to the Peace River Regional District provides:

  • An overview of the stakeholder engagement process
  • The context for Provincial Northeast First Nations Negotiations, and Site C Impact Benefit Agreements (IBAs)
  • An update and information regarding: –Halfway River First Nations G2G Agreement –Site C Tripartite Land Agreements (a component of IBA’s)

Presentation by MARR to the PRRD.

Game Check

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Resource Operations (FLNRO) in collaboration with stakeholders has initiated a series of game checks across northeast British Columbia. The game checks are intended to have an educational component, to check for compliance and enforcement (if necessary), to collect samples (i.e. tooth for aging), and to collect information regarding a hunter’s success and observations made during the hunt. All personal information collected during the game checks will be kept confidential and responses to the questions will assist staff in understanding hunter concerns.

Update

Now that hunting season is in full swing and you switch your focus to deer, please consider bringing a head into the gun club to participate in very important research into Chronic Wasting Disease. We are now participating in “hats 4 heads”, so if you bring in a head for sampling, you will receive one of the program hats. If you are worried about the integrity of your head because you are considering taxidermy or a mount of some kind, that can be accommodated.

Hats for Heads

 

CWD What Does a Good Sample Look Like

BC Provincial Government scientists are once again petitioning hunters to help in providing deer, elk and moose head samples to further the research on Chronic Wasting Disease in British Columbia. So far there are no known cases of CWD in BC, but this disease is across the border in Alberta.

If you are a hunter, or know a hunter, you can pick up a sample kit at the North Peace Rod and Gun Club and if you harvest a deer, elk or moose this year, the sample can be brought to the freezers at the NPRG Club.

The following documents provide more information:

2016 CWD Press Release

CWD Heads Wanted

CWD Hunter Factsheet

CWD What You Need to Know

BC Moose Tracker App Logo

B.C. Moose Tracker is an official Government of British Columbia app that allows hunters to play an important part in moose conservation and management.

The app, available through iTunes, lets users upload information on the number, sex and location of moose they encounter in the wild directly to a province-wide database. The collected data helps monitor moose populations and alert wildlife staff to emerging issues.

The app supports the government’s ongoing efforts to strengthen the provincial moose management strategy through the modernization of licensing, inventory and research methods.

As an added bonus, the app includes a digital version of 2016-2018 Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis.  It’s an indispensable, searchable summary of hunting seasons and regulations throughout B.C. – including interactive maps.

The Province developed B.C. Moose Tracker in consultation with the B.C. Wildlife Federation and with the financial support of the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.

Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch , iOS 7.0 or later.

Download the app from iTunes

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Cow and calf moose showing signs of tick infestation.

Some of you will have participated in the “citizen science” effort over the last couple of years by using your phone to submit sightings of moose and recording the condition of the moose with respect to signs of ticks.

The study indicates that a large percentage of moose in our area suffer from tick infestations.

Michael Bridger, one of our local government fish and wildlife biologists led the study for the provincial Ministry of Forests, Land, and Natural Resources. He said though the ticks are not always fatal, they can cause severe problems.

CBC Article.

As a direct result of the Public Forum the North Peace Rod and Gun Club held back in March, 2016, MLA Pat Pimm has formally organized a group of stakeholders from the North and South Peace into a MLA’s First Nations Stakeholder Advisory Committee. The North Peace Rod and Gun Club and the BC Wildlife Federation have representation on the committee. The committee has met three times to date. The following is Pat Pimm’s press release describing the committee and it’s purpose:

For Immediate Release 

July 6th, 2016

MLA First Nations Stakeholder Advisory Committee 

This note is to inform Northeast BC residents that myself and Mike Bernier the MLA from Peace River South are in the process of organizing a group of local stakeholders and finalizing the committee membership to look at, comment on and make recommendations on some parcels of Crown land that has been set aside by Government that could possibly be involved in future Government to government discussions between the BC government and Treaty 8 First Nations.

In keeping with section 35 of the Constitution and previous direction from the Supreme Court of Canada, the Government of British Columbia is continuing to work with First Nations across the province to identify lands through the treaty process or other potential avenues to try to foster long term reconciliation and certainty on the land base. 

In the Northeastern part of British Columbia, we also have Site C that is presently under construction and could also see some lands being transferred to First Nations as an accommodation result of for some of their traditional territory. 

The purpose of this committee is to bring representatives from the Peace River region including the local MLA’s, Regional Provincial Ministry managers, former provincial ministry mangers, regional residents, local BCWF reps, local trappers associations reps, local guide and outfitter representatives, local grain growers representatives, local cattlemen representatives, local winter and summer recreational and back country representatives together in one venue to review Crown land parcels that have been identified as possible future land transfers.

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A presentation by Christopher Addison, Director of Resource Management, and Mike Bridger, Regional Wildlife Biologist, presented at the Backcountry Sheep Hunting Seminar.

Topics

  1. Population and Harvest Numbers
  2. Stone’s Sheep Management
  3. How can Hunters Help?
  4. Ageing Sheep

BackCountry_Sheep_Seminar_Bridger

March 19, 2016 Moose Management Open Meeting

 

Peace-Liard Moose Management Pan (PLMMP) – Raychl Lukie is the Project Manager of the PLMMP for FLNRO, but Chris Addison, Director of Resource Operations was at the club to do the presentation.

Peace-Liard Moose Management Plan Scope

The PLMMP process started because there was a need to rethink moose management, which had been mostly lacking in recent times in the Peace-Liard. This fact, a request from Treaty 8 to talk about moose management, and the existence of a Wildlife Collaborative Management Agreement with several first nations got the process started. The initial process deliberately involved only government and First Nations with the exclusion of other stakeholders.

Chris Addison estimates that the annual moose harvest in the region is about 4000 and is split about equally between licensed hunters and First Nations. There is an estimate of 50,000 moose across the region, so a harvest of 4,000 is not seen as an issue. Most of the First Nations harvest occurs outside of the season set by the hunting regulations for licensed hunters. The tracking and reporting of First Nations harvest was brought up in the discussions, but there is no agreement to do that. We indicated that is was time for First Nations, Government and other stakeholders to be at the table at the same time. Chris Addison committed to approaching First Nations about that and suggested that an event at the club might be a good way to start things off.

The population target ratios for moose are 30 bulls/100 cows and 30 calves/100 cows.

First nations generally support predator management (especially wolves).

Main Components of the PLMMP

  • Determine and population objective for moose by game management zones
  • Habitat Management – there has been some maintenance and protection recently, but no focus on increasing suitable habitat. The goal is to also do the later.
  • Moose Health Assessment – monitoring for winter ticks, other diseases, or conditions that might be association with industrial activity.
  • Tracking moose movement and habitat use.
  • Tracking interactions with caribou and predators
  • Inventory, including investigating links to cumulative effects
  • Predator Management

A question was asked if there was sufficient funding and staffing at this time to make all this happen and the answer was NO.

Timeline:

  • April/May 2016 – Draft PLMMP
  • May – consultation
  • July – revised draft
  • August – final draft
  • September – plan approval and implementation

When: Saturday, March 19, 2016 1:00 PM

Where: North Peace Rod and Gun Club Charlie Lake

Presenter: Chris Addison, Director Resource Operations, FLNRO

The BC Government, along with local First Nations, has been working on a regional moose management plan. Chris Addison will give us an update on the process and outcomes to date.

Update: There is now a mobile app available for submitting surveys — read on.

The BC Wildlife Health Program is looking for help from wildlife professionals and the public with observations of hair loss caused by “Winter Ticks” on moose throughout the province.  The Moose Winter Tick Surveillance Program wants to collect observations to monitor the number of animals with hair loss and the amount of hair loss on each animal to estimate winter tick prevalence and distribution.  This program will occur on an annual basis.  Winter ticks are a significant parasite for moose populations and can contribute to moose declines in parts of their range, including BC. So, it is an important health factor to monitor, particularly with climate change and alterations to moose habitat.  The findings of the surveillance program will contribute to the Provincial Moose Research Program, which was initiated in 2013 to investigate factors influencing moose populations in BC.  This is the second year of the program; last year we received 361 reports of moose from across the province.

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